December 10 2013 Latest news:
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A young dancer from Norwich who was told she might never walk again is lacing up her ballet slippers and is ready to compete again.
Harmony Piper was diagnosed with a severe curve in her spine and told that she needed an operation to save her mobility when she was 12-years-old.
Her family had almost agreed to corrective surgery when they discovered an exercise routine which has drastically changed Harmony’s prognosis.
The 13-year-old had always been fit and active until her mum noticed that her shoulder blade was protruding on one side.
Harmony had also begun to experience severe pain shooting down one side of her back and was struggling to keep up with her friends at her dance class.
A doctor diagnosed her with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine and was told she would be referred to a specialist.
Harmony said: “I was so upset when I was told about my spine. I had always loved dancing and I was getting really good, practicing up to four times a week.
“When I was told that the dancing and certain movements would put more pressure on my spine and it was something I should consider giving up, I was devastated.”
The condition, which affects more than 4% of the population, can lead to fatal heart and lung problems if left untreated.
“It usually requires a major operation involving metal rods being inserted either side of the spine, before the spine is fused solid.
Harmony and her family started to search the Internet for alternative treatments and they discovered Scoliosis SOS.
Founded and run by scoliosis sufferer Erika Maude, the clinic opened seven years ago and has helped hundreds of people. It is the only clinic in the world to offer treatment following the non-surgical ScolioGold method.
Harmony was booked onto a four week course where she learnt a set of exercises which strengthened the muscles surrounding her spine.
Since completing the course, she has returned home and has been able to go to her classes.
Harmony said: “I am so relieved to get back to what I love. I really didn’t want to have surgery. Dancing and performing are my life.
“I am so glad I found these exercises, they really have completely turned my life around. I am looking forward to entering the competitions later in the year.”